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When a robot met Valentino Rossi

Yamaha's Motobot (Photo: Yamaha)

When it comes to motorcycle racing, unlike in Chess and Go, humans are still king.

In September, Yamaha pitted a robotic motorcycle named Motobot (photo above) against Italy's Valentino Rossi, the nine-time Grand Prix world champion. The contest was a single lap on a two-mile track at Thunderhill Raceway, 145 miles north of San Francisco in Willows, CA.

The outcome: Rossi 85.7 seconds. Motobot — exceeding 125 miles an hour — 117.5 seconds, reports The Drive.